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VIDEO: ‘This is Drama:’ Bachmann Blasts Obama's 'Cynical' Pay Hike for Congress

The congresswoman introduced legislation to rescind the increase, and called the raise a "cynical effort on the part of the president." The full transcript of her speech is below.

OUTSIDE MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Minnesota's Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced legislation Tuesday to take away a recently approved pay increase for members of the U.S. Congress. The increase was part of President Barack Obama's executive order.

She spoke on the House floor Tuesday morning against the increase. Bachmann issued a statement saying, "We have a spending problem in our country and we should be looking for areas to cut spending, not increase it."

Her full address on the House floor is transcribed below, and is in the attached video.

I, too, was shocked when I saw that the president of the United States, out of nowhere, at no request from any member of congress, had issued a unilateral executive order. Which means he decided to take the law into his own hands and in effect become his own congress and decide unilaterally, at the height of the fiscal cliff debate, that he would throw a new wrench into that argument.

And it would be this: When there is massive uncertainty, unfinished business, he would decide, that he would unilaterally give a pay increase to the United States Congress, exactly when the public is uncertain and doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Will their taxes go up? Will they no longer be recipients of a spending program? And so now Congress is going to get a spending increase?

This was a cynical, planned move, Mr. Speaker, on the part of our president. He brought great drama to this effort. Unnecessary drama. Because you see this House of Representatives already did the job to avert the fiscal cliff. We did this work. It was completed last August. We said that no one’s taxes need to go up. And we were able to offset any spending cuts. The work was done. 

The problem is, the Senate never took up the completed work of the house. And the president of the United States spent the last half of this year continually castigating the House of Representatives for not having this work done. When we did our work.

So out of nowhere, again, not at the request of congress, the president decided to make a very unlovely party to this conversation, the congress, even less palatable, by putting upon us the idea that we wanted to raise our own salary when we had nothing whatsoever to do with that.

That’s why over the weekend, I directed my staff that we would put forth a bill to take away this unilateral increase in salary for Congress at the president’s hand. We put our bills together. Mr. Fitzpatrick put his bill together. We both introduced bills yesterday. And I’m very happy to be a part of this bill, as every member of Congress is happy to be for this bill. Because after all, this had nothing to do with the conversation.

This was a cynical effort on the part of the president. And I believe nothing more cynical than the fact that the current agreement with the fiscal cliff was agreed to, we’re told, somewhere around 11:30 last night. The bill was voted on at 2 o’clock in the morning. Now again, this is New Year’s Eve. I don’t know how many senators between midnight and 2 a.m. in the morning had a chance to thoroughly read this agreement that’s 157 pages long.

You see: this is not how we should run our government. This is drama. Unnecessary drama. And President Obama bears the responsibility for his failure to lead and his intentional effort it appears to mislead the American republic with this cynical bill.

That’s why we are here this morning. To clarify the president’s action. This was not at our behest, and we are rejecting this measure today to increase Congress’ salary. 

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nancy burton January 08, 2013 at 12:57 AM
doesn't anyone realize this woman is part of the problem. She and her husband receive $250,000 each year in farm subsidies, tax breaks for their business. changing gay people to straight people, and paid by the 2%, lobbiest and norquest to vote their issues. People everyone needs to start looking further into what all of congress do and what they receive from who they receive as they are not looking out for the countries best interest and surely not the peoples interest
Rick January 08, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Juice, pure garbage it's too expensive. Go read the bill. There is so much pork attached to that bill it's disgusting. $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.$58.8 million for forest restoration on private land. $197 million “to… protect coastal ecosystems and habitat impacted by Hurricane Sandy.” $10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief. $17 billion for wasteful Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a program that has become notorious for its use as a backdoor earmark program. $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC. Yep, what's the above have to do with Sandy? And what is the states responsibilities?
Kitzer January 11, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Why is this 'LOW LIFE' featured in the Minnetonka Patch??? IT does NOT represent Minnetonka!!!
JoJo January 11, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Hey Kitzer, you are right. This editor seems to be sending the link to this article to various locations where Michele Bachmann is not representing anyone, just to get negative comments. Please aim your complaint at Leila, who needs to stop manipulating the news. We are supposed to be getting links to our local stuff mainly.
JoJo January 11, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Oops, Liala, not Leila.

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